It was our second day in Sirom Beach House in Dasol, Pangasinan (check out my blog about that beautiful beach house here) and we decided to go island hopping!
Er, can it be still called island hopping when you are going to one island only?
At 6:00 am, we rented a boat to take us to the most famous island in the area, Colibra Island! Armed with fresh fish, soft drinks, and cooked rice, we headed on the small island that can be seen with the naked eye from Tambobong Beach. We had a very nice and calm 15-20 minute boat ride to the island.
Locals called it Colibra/Culebra or Snake Island because they said there's a lot of sea snakes there (apparently, I just learned this after swimming in the waters for hours!).
As I'm still alive and writing this blog, I was not bitten by a sea snake nor did I see one. Click here to see my Go Pro shortage underneath the waters.
We were very fortunate to have the island all to ourselves that day. Due to COVID, travelers are still quite scared to step out of their homes.
The phone reception is still very good on the island so you're not fully disconnected, but I recommend leaving your phone in the cottage and just enjoy the raw nature.
They allowed overnight stays, but keep in mind that there's no electricity which means you have to bring your own camping needs.
Here's a breakdown of how much we spend:
P1500 for the boat
P50 per person for the entrance fee
P200 for the cottage
P500 rough estimate of our food
P500 tip for the boatman
A total of P2850 for 3 persons. That's P950 per person. Of course, the more person you have in your group the lesser the cost per person will be! And if you time your trip well enough, you can experience this all to yourselves at a very affordable price!
If you are planning to experience this island for yourselves, do research the requirements for Dasol here.
Here's my travel vlog in the Colibra Island that includes 4k drone footage: